The screaming-fast pace of technology keeps churches scrambling to keep up - at least the ones I've been involved in. It seems like we're always a step behind, a day late, a dollar short! In some cases, the technology really doesn't apply (or is too difficult / expensive to justify the investment), but in most cases, pastors and ministry leaders - with any real desire to impact their community and this generation - understand that it will involve a certain level of technology to be influential in this age. Here is the NEXT big thing:
I can’t help noticing church trends, and I love visiting churches. Just ask Laura, my wife, and she will tell you that I will drive way out of our way when on vacation to visit a church that I’ve heard about. You can learn something from everybody. Recently I have been contacting numerous churches and scheduling presentations designed to communicate the need for church planting in the Urban South. As a result, I’ve had occasion to view lots of church websites. Some are great—some are not so great.
Ever find yourself stuck and looking for inspiration or just want to see what other ministries are doing in their media design? I recommend heading over to the Church Marketing Lab on Flickr. This group includes designs from all different stripes of churches and ministries, so whether you’re looking to design something classic or something a bit more edgy and eye-popping, you’re bound to find some inspiration and ideas here...
Last week we discussed what I believe is one of the biggest blunders we can make: taking the exciting message of the Gospel and making it drab and unappealing through lazy media design work. I’m certainly not advocating that we change the Gospel message, but I do believe many churches could stand to update their methods in how they share it. If we’re going to do all things well, to God’s glory, that includes the media design in our churches.